CNU Receives Society of Christian Philosophers Reading Group Award - Christopher Newport University


CNU Receives Society of Christian Philosophers Reading Group Award

Student group will explore religious thought through the works of influential philosopher Alvin Plantinga.

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Christopher Newport’s Department of Philosophy and Religion is the recipient of a Society of Christian Philosophers Plantinga Reading Group award. The group will be led by Dr. Eric Silverman, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Plantinga is the winner of the 2017 Templeton Prize, a $1.4 million award that honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

According to Silverman, the reading group will explore fundamental questions such as: What is the distinction between foundational and nonfoundational beliefs? How are foundational beliefs warranted? What is the proper relationship between faith and knowledge? Is the existence of evil compatible with the existence of God? Do any of the traditional arguments for the existence of God succeed?

The group of 15-20 students will meet monthly and culminate in a Skype meeting with Plantinga in the spring. CNU's award is one of only 25 given for the 2017-18 academic year.

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